More passengers on South Yorkshire buses

Buses on Sheffield's High Street
Buses on Sheffield's High Street
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Bus bosses are boasting of booming business – after achieving passenger growth of five per cent in the last three months.

Sheffield Bus Partnership, involving operators First and Stagecoach, and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, say that the increase comes after years of decline.

Fare paying passengers have grown more steeply, with a 14 per cent increase in three months, offset by a slight decline in pensioners and other people with free passes catching the bus.

Sheffield Bus Partnership said there had been ‘big improvements in punctuality and a huge fall in complaints’.

David Young, SYPTE interim deputy director general, said: “This is terrific news, showing that passengers can see the difference the partnership has made and are coming back to the buses.”

■ Supertram has apologised for problems with replacement bus services during rail replacement works through Norfolk Park.

Passengers have complained about buses not connecting with trams on other parts of the network.

A Stagecoach Supertram spokeswoman said: “We are sorry for the disruption.

“Hundreds of replacement bus services operate every week and our research shows 87 per cent of passengers are satisfied.

“However, if a passenger has an issue with one of our bus services, we would be happy to speak to them.”

■ It’s all change for passengers as cheaper tickets are introduced on public transport.

A one-day travel ticket SYConnect Day will offer unlimited travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire for £6.

The cost of TravelMaster Day tickets – which are also valid on train services throughout the day – is being reduced by eight per cent from £7.80 to £7.20.

The new tickets will be available from Sunday. But South Yorkshire Day Tripper and CitySwitcha60 tickets will be withdrawn after Saturday.